logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: misc
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-15 20:09
The House of God by Samuel Shem
The House of God - Samuel Shem

Around here the postgraduate system of education in medicine is quite different than the American one, but still I could detect quite a few similarities - because I guess, whereever you are, patients, the medical hierarchy (the ice-cream cone) and what it does to you as intern, is quite the same.

 

So I could relate to the terror of the first rotation, to the thrill of the Emergency Ward, the horror of Gomer City, the internal detachment, the need to hide inside yourself, to witness colleagues being crushed by the system... and also the realization of what's going on and trying to get ahead of it. Unfortunately, I had more Jo's and Leggos than Fats during my internship... because his rules, even though they sound funny and callous at first are hard-learned lessons and much more important than always doing whatever medical science is able to offer.

 

Of course, this novel is also a product of its time, a male-dominated environment where sex is kind of the only relief of stress and pressure - not to say that it's much different nowadays, especially if you work hours that only allow you to go home to sleep but otherwise you pretty much spend your day in the hospital -, but I could have done without the various sexual experiences of the interns. Then again, it's a symptom of this system.

 

Overall, certainly a novel an intern, no matter where he or she works, should read.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-05-12 20:02
Abgebrochen: Steel Eyes
Steel Eyes - Melissa S. Price

Schon als ich das Buch gekauft habe hatte ich ein paar Zweifel ob das was für mich ist. Aber die Bewertungen waren durchweg gut und der Klappentext klang schon irgendwie interessant, so dass ich Steel Eyes eine Chance geben wollte. Leider hat sich das Buch völlig anders entwickelt als ich dachte, es hält sich auch nur bedingt an den Klappentext. So musste ich das Buch aufgrund akuter Langeweile nach 65% dann doch noch abbrechen.

Steel Eyes beginnt mit zwei jungen Frauen, die sich zufällig begegnen und einen prickelnden aber unpersönlichen Moment miteinander teilen. Beide gehen anschließend wieder ihre eigenen Wege, keine kennt den Namen der anderen. Ein paar Jahre später begegnen sie sich erneut, wieder teilen sich ihre Wege ohne viele private Worte ausgetauscht zu haben. Kurz darauf begegnen sie sich wieder, lernen sich diesmal besser kennen, aber nach ein paar Monaten – na, wer sieht es kommen? – teilen sich ihre Wege wieder … so geht es DIE GANZE ZEIT. Das Buch zieht sich über mindestens 30 Jahre, vielleicht auch mehr. Als es zu Beginn des dritten Teils hieß »7 Jahre später« hat mich die Geduld verlassen. Wahrscheinlich treffen sich die beiden Frauen letztlich im Altenheim wo sie dann gemeinsam sterben, oder sich jeden Tag neu kennenlernen und anschließend getrennte Wege gehen können, weil sie beide an Alzheimer leiden. Ich weiß es nicht und bin auch nicht erpicht darauf es herauszufinden.

Irgendwie hatte ich bei dem Buch das Gefühl die Autorin wusste nicht welche Geschichte sie erzählen will und erzählt deswegen alle auf einmal. Es soll wohl so eine lebenslange Schicksalssache sein, bei der sich die Wege zweier füreinander bestimmte, aber von den äußeren Umständen gehinderte Menschen immer wieder begegnen. Soweit hätte ich mich damit anfreunden können, aber dann kommt unerwartet noch ein halbgarer Spionageplot auf, mit Mossad Agenten die völlig profillos sind. Ein klassischer Fall von »viel erzählt, wenig geliefert«, denn die beiden Agenten sind einfach super unnütz und können eigentlich nichts, außer erzählen, was für voll tolle und geheimnisvoll agierende Agenten sie sind. Echte Spionagearbeit? Fehlanzeige. Rumstehen und ein, zwei Mal alle 100 Seiten einen Satz loswerden überzeugt mich nicht.

Daneben werden dann auch noch etliche Lebensphasen aus verschiedenen Perspektiven erzählt, es gibt wahnsinnig viele langatmige Passagen die inhaltlich nicht viel beitragen und die beiden Hauptcharaktere waren mir auch die Hälfte der Zeit unsympathisch. Alex wird als diese schlagfertige, leichtlebige Person dargestellt, die sich Hals über Kopf in Kenna verliebt und ein bisschen unsicher, ja gar verwundbar rüberkommen soll. In Wahrheit ist sie aber einfach nur untreu und egoistisch und ändert ihre Zuneigung so schnell, dass einem schwindelig werden kann. Und Kenna hatte ich auf dem Kieker seit sie von einer Sekunde auf die andere ihren Job als Kellnerin kündigt. Da stellt sich nämlich raus, dass sie eigentlich stinkreich ist, den Job nur macht um sich normal zu fühlen, und jetzt, da sie neue Pläne hat, macht sie sich mit ihrem ebenfalls reichen Bruder drüber lustig, was für ein ungebildeter und beschränkter Geist der Cafébesitzer doch ist. Er hat es nämlich gewagt zu kritisieren, dass seine Kellnerin spontan das Weite sucht. Stehe ich voll drauf, wenn so elitäre reiche Schnösel den arbeitenden Pöbel als geistig beschränkt bezeichnen …

Ne, also mir ist schleierhaft weshalb das Buch bisher fast nur 4 oder 5 Sterne bekommen hat. Die eigentliche Geschichte hätte man mit viel weniger Blabla und weniger Deus-Ex-Machina-Lösungen erzählen können. Klarer Daumen runter.

Source: moyasbuchgewimmel.de/abgebrochen-steel-eyes
Like Reblog Comment
review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-02 09:38
Worlds of Star Trek: DS9: #1 Cardassia by Una McCormack & Andor by Heather Jarman
Cardassia and Andor - Una McCormack,Heather Jarman

"The Lotus Flower" depicts the problems and antagonism Keiko is facing in her multispecies effort to render Cardassian soil fertile again. Meanwhile, the new castellan Alon Ghemor and Garak are fighting to keep the fledgling democracy alive in the face of isolationist movements.

 

This is quite a good story about the rise of isolationist movements, about the recruitment of young people for extremist purposes (because they lack certainty and purpose over their own future), and about finding where you belong in a democracy that is still forming after the age-old reign of dictatory leaderships. Quite a mirror of modern politics... if just finding similarities and common ground (or at least having the intention to do so) were so easy in real life, many atrocities could be prevented, I guess.

 

"Paradigm" forces Shar to confront the loss of his bondmate Thriss, his guilt and his position in Andorian society... all while being under pressure by his "mother" and having increasing feelings for Prynn Tenmei.

 

I'm afraid I'm not going to become a friend of Jarman's style any time soon. Her prose doesn't flow as well as that of other authors and I had the feeling of being stuck on a single page for ages. So that's a definite negative point. On the other hand, by the end I was fully engaged in this story and moved by the final few scenes. Shar's being pressured by practically all sides, reminded of his duties in a diminishing Andorian society (due to reproductive issues which led to a population of 3 billion dwindling down to a mere 90 million) but also fighting for his own freedom. Because how can anyone in a society that only revolves around bonds, that are matched artificially instead of naturally, and parenting duties be free? What about individual desires such as careers or partners outside a bond? And what about those who can't withstand that pressure (like Thriss)? This is quite a melancholy story about a person who fights to escape but in the end decides to go through with his societal obligations after all, even though the outside pressure (and inborn guilt) is more or less removed from him. A decision which left me pensive.

Like Reblog Comment
review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-25 10:25
Star Trek: S. C. E.: #20 Enigma Ship by J. Steven York, Christina F. York
Enigma Ship (Star Trek S.C.E., #20) - J. Steven York,Christina F. York

This time, the da Vinci encounters an alien ship marauding in space, swallowing up any ship that crosses its path - at the latest a Starfleet ship. Is the ship even intact and its crew alive still? And if so, how are they going to be rescued?

 

What follows is an interesting tale about reality, dreams and how to differentiate between those two. Definitely one of the better entries so far, at least story-wise. At some points the characterization is lacking (not only in the overall sense as was the case with most of the other previous parts), but also that at some points I had the impression that this story should be set much earlier in the season, as some of the issues coming up (Soloman etc) were dealt with much earlier already. So, that's kind of redundant.

 

I'll keep reading until Wildfire which is said to be turning point, right now - but if, by then, the series hasn't managed to entirely captivate me, I'll likely give up on it. The characters are still too bland, the stories too superficial to satisfy me.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-01 07:36
Star Trek: The Fall: The Crimson Shadow by Una McCormack
Star Trek: The Fall: The Crimson Shadow - Una McCormack

This novel is another excellent entry about Cardassia by McCormack and closely follows "A Stitch in Time" and "The Never-Ending Sacrifice".

 

Tthere's a new political movement coming to power, Cardassia First, populist, isolationist, xenophobic, just on the eve of the withdrawal of the Federation from Cardassian soil. Civil Unrest is threatening, just as a Bajoran Starfleet officer is killed. Then Nan Bacco is assassinated, and the withdrawal put into question by the pro-tem UFP president. Garak and Picard work tirelessly to prevent open civil war on Cardassia and maintain the shaky alliance between the UFP and Cardassia.

 

Cardassia is a perfect example for a state that has never really known democracy, just an oligarchy or dictatorship, and now, still fighting the effects of the Dominion War, poverty, pollution etc, it's on the brink to fall back into old systems. I appreciate the matter-of-fact way of story-telling instead of swinging the moral hammer, because, yes, we see this every day, and how many states that only recently embraced democracy have fallen back into the abyss?

 

Garak's one of the most complex figures in all of Star Trek. He's a murderer, a spy, he dragged (together with Sisko) the Romulans into the Dominion War... but somehow he retained or regained a (shrewd as it might be) moral compass. He's not acting out of a need to prove himself or to gain advantage for himself, but for the good of Cardassia. And right now, what he perceives as the good of Cardassia aligns itself with reality. Let's see what happens when he's actually in power.

 

I enjoyed the letters which start almost every chapter, sent and unsent, by Garak to Bashir (and one to Parmak, his closest friend on Cardassia) because they bring insight into his thoughts and anguish. I loved the painting by Ziyal which is sort of his shrine to her and how he uses his memory of her to remain within moral borders. And I love Bashir's one reply warning Garak not to become his father.

 

McCormack leaves the reader to figure out all the emotional intricacies, just as she did in The Never-Ending Sacrifice. Her prose isn't really made for action-sequences, but it's perfect for relaying emotions, motivations... and slowly captivating her readers until they're hooked and can't put the novel down until it's finished.

 

This, together with A Stitch in Time and The Never-Ending Sacrifice is certainly a must-read novel regarding Cardassia.

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?